With the completion of the 100th anniversary of NOAC, the 2015 World Scout Jamboree and The Summit Bechtel Reserve’s second summer season, a very exciting summer is one for the history books. Now, it’s time focus on the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. Here’s our progress since last year:
- The Jamboree Executive Committee has conducted five additional meetings as their planning efforts are in full swing.
- Bills of Material have been generated for each of the four Jamboree groups.
- Marketing of the Jamboree has commenced in earnest.
- Online applications are being accepted for both staff and participants at bsajamboree.org.
So let’s talk about staff registration and how you can sign up for this incredible experience.
Jamboree Staff Registration Process
Here’s an outline of how the staff registration process works and what you should expect to see in the processing of your application:
- Applicants submit an application at bsajamboree.org.
Note: Applicants must log in through their current my.scouting.org account and pay their $150 deposit. Applications received without a deposit are not processed. Applicants receive an email confirmation once the application has been successfully submitted.
- Once the application is submitted, it’s referred to the applicant’s local council for approval. Councils have 30 days to approve, decline, or waitlist an application. If the council does not act within the allowed 30 days, the application is treated as having been approved. Once the application is acted on in one of these ways, an email is sent to the applicant with notification of the outcome.
- Once the application passes the council approval stage, the application is available for the offer of a staff position. The application goes to the inbox of the staff director authorized to make assignments in the applicant’s first choice area of assignment. That staff director has 15 days to review the application and make an offer or decline. If the applicant is declined by the staffing director or no action is taken by the staffing director in the 15 days allowed, the application rolls to the next staff preference and so on until all the applicant’s choices are exhausted. If the applicant has declined any offers made or if no offers have been made at this point the application moves to the free agent list, which means any staff director can see the application and send a job offer.
- Once a job offer has been sent, the applicant will receive an email notifying them of the offer. The applicant has 15 days to log in and either accept or decline the offer before it expires. If the applicant declines the position offered or does not take any action, the application will roll to the next job choice or free agent list as indicated above.
- Once an applicant accepts a job offer, they can login to their account at any time to make additional payments.
The application process is live, so get your application submitted to maximize the chances of getting your first choice assignment. Be sure firstname.lastname@example.org has been added to your email safe list to prevent email updates from going to your junk/spam folders.
Jamboree Staff Patches
We are expecting our first shipment of Jamboree staff patches within the month. One patch will be mailed to each staff member who has submitted their deposit. You are encouraged to wear this patch on your uniform to help generate interest in the 2017 National Jamboree. A second patch will be forwarded once your final Jamboree fee payment is received.
Staff Recruiting Revs Up
The Jamboree Executive Committee continues to make progress assembling their top leaders within each of the four Jamboree groups. To date, 82% of the 212 top leadership positions are filled.
Close to 1,200 staff applications have been submitted, which is well ahead of the pace set in 2013. Help us get the word out. Together we can fill the staff and make this a great Jamboree for everyone.
Jamboree Webinar Schedule
The first two Jamboree webinars will take place:
- September 16, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm EST (Jamboree overview and registration).
- November 18, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm EST (Council Planning Guide Overview).
These webinars are intended for Council Coordinators. Future webinars will have expanded audiences as additional information becomes available.
Below is a listing of key dates to assist with planning for the 2017 Jamboree:
- January: Youth scholarship forms become available
- January: First payments due
- July: Second payments due
- January: Final payments due
- April: Medical forms due
- June: Staff arrival begins
- July 14-16: Staff arrival period
- July 19: Participant arrival
Communication lines are open
Keep in mind there are several ways in which you can access current information on Jamboree happenings:
- Visit the Jamboree website at bsajamboree.org.
- Visit the new Jamboree SharePoint site (instructions on access to be provided by your Group Chairman at the appropriate time).
- Get answers to specific questions by emailing email@example.com.
- Suggest a particular topic you’d like to see covered in a future staff bulletin by emailing your suggestion to 2017Jamboree@scouting.org.
- Check out scoutingwire.org for major Jamboree updates.
Additional staff bulletins will be published periodically to keep you informed of jamboree developments. You can also monitor bsajamboree.org for up-to-the-minute status on the jamboree. You can also get answers to specific questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to get your application in early. You’ll want to be part of the great staff team we’re assembling for 2017!